The Granite Skywalk at Castle Rock in Porongurup National Park is now open.
Part of a $1million revamp of visitor facilities, the new lookouts offer views across undulating farmland to Albany in the south and to Mt Gardner and Mt Manypeaks to the south east.
Porongurup National Park is an ‘outlier' of karri forest, approximately 70km from the main karri belt between Manjimup and Denmark, making it one of the most distinctive parks in the State. It was placed on the National Heritage List in 2009 in recognition of its natural values and attracted more than 28,000 visits in 2009-10. It is a place of incredible biodiversity with 750 native plant species in an area of just 2600 hectares.
The nearby Castle Rock day-use site has picnic tables, barbecues, toilets and is accessible for people with disabilities.
Hikers should take plenty of food, water, wet-weather and warm clothing when walking, and notify someone else of their plans and expected time of return. Conditions can change rapidly and it is best to be prepared.
View and download the Porongurup National Park EveryTrail guide.
We recently visited the skywalk with a group of friends. It was an easy walk to the top of Castle Rock then a bit of scrambling to get up onto to the skywalk itself. It was magnificent! Beautifully contructed, a little bit scary for those afraid of heights, with spectacular views of Castle Rock and its surrounds. I highly recommend a visit to the Granite Skywalk at Castle Rock.
Ive just been reading about this in Landscope. When weather warms there could be a walking and wine trip on the cards down that way.
I had mixed feelings when I visited early in the year. Yes it is a great lookout. The ladder is a little scary, glad I used to rock climb.
The down side is, has this really improved the views? They are not much better than those below the peak.
Did we need to deface this beautiful rock peak? Could all that money and the on-goings have been better spent on some multi-day circuit walking tracks? Unlike the tree top walk it doesn't really take you into nature.
I wonder what the Noongar view is (no pun)?
Just a few thoughts that I respect others may not share.
Interesting observations Alex. - There was considerable planning and thought put into the skywalk. There was already an existing ladder and lookout which was old, ugly and rusty. If it was removed with no replacement there was a significant risk of people still making their own way to the summit - which would be risky and potentially damage the rock flora more than a designated route. Castle Rock was also an important local attraction and therefore significant to locals and businesses. The new lookout is also built to last - hopefully with minimal maintenance. I'm not sure I agree about the experience - its a great way to take in the park and appreciate the Porongorup Range. Check out this video - do your own virtual walk http://youtu.be/X7tOrhyp95Q I agree some more circuit walks would be great too.